Friday, March 23, 2012

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni. Apollo, Music, and Meter. 1740-1741.

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni. Apollo, Music, and Meter. 1740-1741. 


  1. I have the same problem with Batoni that I had with Mengs. Batoni's portraits painted for young British doing their Grand Tour through Rome were richly coloured, beautifully realistic and set in perfectly designed landscapes. His Grand Tour portraits are still, 270 years later, blissful reminders of the highlight of a young man's life.

    So why did he also do overly crowded paintings with religious or classical mythology themes? I assume he had a different market in mind.

  2. Hi Helen it was expected of all artist of the time to only paint portraits, religious and mythology scenes. If you look at some of the greatest artist of this period there art would fall in these three categories. Theses subjects seams to be what people with money wanted to buy from artist. If you did not paint theses three subjects you were looked down on. It would not be until the 2nd half of the 19th century when artists could really paint what they wanted to and getaway with it.